Hospital Facility Helps Bring Business to Madison

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) -- Madison Hospital celebrated its one-year anniversary this week. Since the doors to the facility opened one year ago, Highway 72 has seen an increase in the number of new businesses. Everywhere you look, it seems that a new restaurant or retail shopping facility is popping up.

Susie Masotti is the executive director of the Madison Chamber of Commerce and she says all the credit is due to Madison Hospital. "Since the development of Madison Hospital, you have the development of the Shoppes at Target Center, Pie in the Sky Pizza, Smashburger," said Masotti. "All of these are new restaurants and they're doing a bang up business here."

Madison Hospital President Mary Lynne Wright says she has also noticed the increase of businesses since the hospital opened in February of 2012. "Anywhere you look at a community that has built a hospital, the activity surrounding that hospital just grows by leaps and bounds," said Wright. "For us, that's a great thing because I've lived here in Madison for a long time and to have these restaurants and services right here at home is just a really nice benefit we have now."

Masotti says that she doesn't expect the booming business in Madison to slow down anytime soon. "I think the future looks very bright," she said. "There is a lot of room, not only on Highway 72 but also surrounding the hospital, so I think growth in that area is ready to explode."